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Carbondale's Halloween celebrations continue for second night

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Hundreds celebrated Carbondale's first official Halloween in 18 years. Festivities kicked off Friday with the Pumpkin Glow and continued on Saturday. 

A mix of attendees gathered at Washington and Main streets for live music and dancing, including many families. Makanda resident Jessica Mollison brought her daughter, who dressed up as a genie. 

"The kids love Halloween, and I love watching them dress up," Mollison says. "I think kids is what makes Halloween so fun, just seeing how happy they are."

Even high school students came out wearing their costumes like Greta Grimmer, who dressed up as Merida from Brave. She came out to watch her friend perform in a band but decided to watch other musicians as well. 

"We just kinda stuck around and said this is a fun place to be," Grimmer explains. "This is chill so let's just hang around before we leave." 

A far cry from previous Halloweens. Celebrations on the strip started in the 1970's with crowds growing throughout the years. Riots broke out in 1994 with many Southern Illinois University Carbondale students involved, so the city and university put restrictions on the holiday.

Regulations were lifted in 2000 drawing thousands of people back to downtown Carbondale. Yet again, Chaos broke out. Many people were injured and businesses on the strip had damages. 

Now locals just wants a fun, safe Halloween and hope attendees can handle the holiday. "I think that we can still enjoy Halloween and not have the stupid," says Carbondale resident Lindy Loyd. 

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